Catherine is an Applied Theater Practitioner, which unites her roles as activist, educator, performer, and writer. She works as both an artist and a facilitator to design creative programming for social engagement, community development, and social justice with an emphasis on performance-based teaching and learning methods in professional, educational, and community settings.
Catherine is the Co-founder and Director of Community Development for Blindspot Collective (blindspotcollective.org
). As an artist-facilitator, she works with numerous local and international organizations including the Global Immersion Project, where she serves as a learning curator in a conflict transformation program based in Palestine and Israel. Previously, Catherine spent six years developing and directing Invisible Children’s Teacher Exchange program, which brought educators from northern Uganda and North America together for cultural exchange and reflection on best practices. She also founded Arts for Life, a girls' empowerment and arts program in Kibera, Kenya.
Currently, in collaboration with the Center for Justice and Reconciliation of Point Loma Nazarene University, Catherine designed and facilitates an interactive, Forum Theater performance based on the techniques of Augusto Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed. Created in partnership with a diverse team of trafficking experts including sex trafficking survivors, advocates, the San Diego Country Office of Education, and Child Welfare Services, the project was developed to raise awareness of human trafficking in San Diego and promote prevention among youth and families.
As an educator and teaching artist, Catherine works with the La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Arts for Learning and other community organizations to facilitate creative programming addressing community- building, theater for social change, arts integration, and conflict transformation. She provides artistic residencies focused on theater and human development for the Las Colinas Women's Detention Center and East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, as well as overseeing an annual girls' empowerment program in collaboration with the Girls Scouts of the USA.
Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Theater from New York University and a BA in Sociology and International Development.